Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7

After last year's show sparked a major backlash, the Recording Academy created a diversity task force responding to criticism that the show was consistently too male and too white, and ultimately expanded four of the top categories from five nominees to eight. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone. Her latest album was only nominated for one award, best pop vocal album. The Nanaimo, B.C. singer and Bennett's rendition of 'S Wonderful is up for best pop duo performance, while their Love is Here to Stay is in the running for traditional pop vocal album. Lamar was nominated for the Black Panther album compilation he executive produced for the blockbuster film.

Other big name nominees include The Carters, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Travis Scott. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.

The 25-year-old has never won a Grammy or received a nomination in any of the biggest categories. His album "Ye" did not receive any nods. Drake's frequent collaborator, producer Boi-1Da, earned six nods.

Some acts scored their first nominations ever, including Florida Georgia Line, whose megahit "Meant to Be" with Rexha is up best country duo/group performance.

Gaga, who earned acting and music Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, picked up four Grammy nominations for "Shallow", while "Joanne" is up for best pop solo performance. Both of those songs went viral and also went two and three times platinum.

Notably, on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, a Grammy-nominated album, the MC/producer took a swing at the awards for a trend he did not like.

After leading nominations a year ago, however, Jay-Z and his pop queen wife Beyonce were left out of the top categories despite acclaim for their joint project "Everything is Love". Chris Cornell, who died a year ago, is up for best rock performance with "When Bad Does Good".

Kendrick Lamar's eight nominations are in the categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead"), plus two for Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" and Jay Rock collab "WIN"), plus Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media ("All the Stars" with SZA from Black Panther).

The 2019 Grammys will be awarded at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10.

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